Dr. James Spears

James Spears, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at Columbia University Medical Center


Dr. James Spears, a Family Physician, has been the Medical Director/Faculty Advisor for CHHMP since its inception. He has worked with underserved populations in New York City for more than 20 years, having previously worked at multiple drop-in sites and homeless shelters in Manhattan with the Institute for Urban Family Health. He helped establish a medical practice at the Times Square Hotel, the largest single room occupancy (SRO) in the United States. Dr. Spears established and developed the Nagle Family Health Center for Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights, and has helped develop the Family Medicine Residency Program at Columbia, where he served as Medical Director for five years.  Dr. Spears is currently the Medical Director of the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic of the Actors Fund, serving the uninsured and underinsured entertainment professionals of greater NYC.  He also teaches Columbia P&S medical students at all levels of training.  He is from California where he received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his MD from the University of California, Davis.

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